Deli Shack Food Heroes – Anne Wigmore, Reading
Reading isn’t exactly in the West Country. But I have to tell you that Anne Wigmore produces a cheese unlike anything that you’ll find around these parts, or anywhere else in Britain for that matter. It’s an unpasteurised ewe’s milk brie style cheese and quite honestly is one of the most fabulous cheeses that I’ve ever tried. So this time around I hope you’ll indulge me and let me have a moment of your time.
This miracle of modern artisan cheese making is ideal for people who hanker after the sweet creaminess of a good Brie but who may also have issues with cow’s milk dairy products. Wigmore is an ample substitute for any great Brie, British, French or otherwise. It has a velvety texture with creamy overtones and a subtle yet discernable saltiness in the flavour.
As a mark of its quality Wigmore is just as good as when it’s young and fresh as it is when it’s runny and melting on your fingers. I love it in all of its guises and can never resist just a little more at the end of a good meal.
Anne Wigmore herself seems to be a bit of an adventurer having sailed her own self built yacht all the way to Australia before coming back to Britain to go about the task of setting up her business, Village Maid. Through practising the arts of artisan cheese making Anne has developed a cheese that has regularly won plaudits and awards including a Gold Medal at the British Cheese Awards, so it’s not just me who thinks that this little darling ranks amongst the very best.